ALI & AVA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clio Barnard Stars: Claire Rushbrook, Adeel Akhtar, Shaun Thomas, Ellora Torscha. This somewhat grim and downbeat kitchen sink drama about an interracial relationship and working-class people and their tribulations will appeal to those who appreciated the bleak nature of those socially realistic films of Ken Loach, Andrea Arnold and even early Mike Leigh which were firmly set in a working-class milieu. But it is unlikely to have broader appeal.   Ava (played by Claire Rushbrook, who works extensively in television but who also Continue reading

HAUTE COUTURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sylvie Ohayon Stars: Nathalie Baye, Lyna Khoudri, Soumaye Bocoumi, Pascale Arbillot, Adam Bessa, Claude Perron, Clothilde Courau. The French make fine films about food, family and fashion. While Haute Couture is set against the backdrop of the high-end fashion industry it is primarily a film that deals with complex mother/daughter relationships and class issues in contemporary France.   Esther (Cesar winning actress Nathalie Baye, recently seen in Downton Abbey: A New Era, etc) is the head seamstress at Dior Avenue Continue reading

LIGHTYEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Angus MacLane Stars: voices of Chris Evans, James Brolin, Uzo Aduba, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, Peter Sohn, Isiah Whitlock jr, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Bill Hader. This prequel to the charming and endearing Toy Story franchise didn’t quite give me the buzz that I was expecting. This is actually the second spinoff from Toy Story to feature Buzz Lightyear following 2000’s Buzz Lightyear Of The Star Command. But this all seems like a cynical exercise to capitalise on the good will delivered by the Toy Story franchise that Continue reading

LOST ILLUSIONS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Xavier Giannoli Stars: Benjamin Voisin, Cecile de France, Vincent Lacoste, Sabine Dewaels, Xavier Dolan, Gerard Depardieu, Andre Marcon, Jean-Francois Stevenin. This lavish and sumptuous looking period drama from France was one of the hits at the recent Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, and now has hit cinema screens. Based on Illusions Perdue, the classic semi-autobiographical novel written by Honore de Balzac in 1843, Lost Illusions follows the rise and fall from grace of Lucien de Rubempre (Benjamin Voisin, from Summer Continue reading

ELVIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baz Luhrmann Stars: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia De Jonge, David Wenham, Richard Roxburgh, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Helen Thompson, Chaydon Jay, Alton Mason, Kelvin Harrison jr, Luke Bracey, Dacre Montgomery, Leon Ford, Gary Clark jr, Xavier Samuel, Nicholas Bell, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Mark Leonard Winter Elvis Presley is one of the most successful recording artists of the twentieth century, having sold over 300 million records in his career. He also changed the face of music, and this biopic pays homage to his Continue reading